Oh, what a strange 24 hours it's been. It feels impossible these days to step away from the computer for a few hours and not come back to some huge breaking news, but alas, that's our reality now. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning brought tears (that Obama speech) and jeers (those Trump allegations) alike, and as the month goes on, things are likely only gonna get crazier.
If your head is spinning from all the news that's happened this past day, read on for a recap — but beware, you might be more perplexed about the state of the world afterwards than when you started.
Donald Trump + Golden Showers
Where to even start? As you undoubtedly heard by now, Buzzfeed published an unverified report on Tuesday which alleged that Trump is being blackmailed by Russia, in part because they have video of the president-elect paying prostitutes for "golden showers." As you'd expect, Trump has denied the accusations, while his critics have had plenty of fun making as many pee-related jokes as possible. Yes, this is really happening.
Press Conference Recap: At his long-awaited news conference on Wednesday, Trump discussed the Russian blackmail report, calling out "fake news" outlets like CNN and saying he's too much of a germaphobe to have participated in the alleged activities. It was quite the morning.
President Obama + Farewell
What a speech that was, you guys. ICYMI, Tuesday night saw President Obama's farewell address, an hour-long speech in which the outgoing commander-in-chief discussed his legacy, his hopes for the future, and (*sniffles*) his love for wife Michelle. It was a powerful and moving finale, and Malia Obama was certainly not the only one crying. As for why Sasha wasn't there? Turns out that even being the president's daughter can't get you out of a test.
Fun Fact: The tweet below, sent by Obama late Wednesday night, is the president's most-retweeted post ever.
Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 11, 2017
Selena Gomez + The Weeknd
New (potential) celeb couple alert! New photos released by TMZ have everyone thinking that Selena Gomez and The Weeknd might be dating. It's unknown if they're a legit item or not, but judging by these snaps, the duo look to be pretty close. TBD on how Bella Hadid (The Weeknd's ex) and the rest of Taylor Swift's squad takes the news.
Wedding Bells: Congrats are in order for Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons! According to Page Six, the Fargo co-stars are engaged. Fingers crossed that Jason Street shows up at the wedding to be his buddy Landry's best man.
Game of Thrones + A New Book, Finally
For fans of the Game of Thrones book series, waiting for the release of George R.R. Martin's newest book has been torture. Yet perhaps we won't have to wait much longer, as Martin wrote in a blog post this week that he thinks Winds of Winter will come out sometime in 2017. That's no guarantee it'll happen, of course — we all know that Martin isn't the best at sticking to release dates — but here's hoping.
OMG, Harry Potter Fans: Obsessed with Harry Potter and live in New York? You're in luck, because a Potter-themed pasta restaurant now exists. Fittingly called Pasta Wiz, the Williamsburg spot has a truly magical design and menu. Accio reservations, please.
MLK Day + Major Sales
If your New Year's resolution was to shop smarter, you're in luck. There are plenty of great Martin Luther King Day sales coming up for fashion and beauty lovers. This list of MLK Day clothing and makeup sales will be updated throughout the week, so keep checking back in for updates.
Pro Tip: According to a new study, working out just once a week might be enough to keep you healthy — but it has to be a really intense workout. Ugh, there's always a catch.
Today's WTF Moment: Cadbury Oreo Eggs apparently exist (!) — but not in the United States. Come on.
What to Watch: Already missing Obama? It's a good time to watch Barry, the sweet 2016 movie about a (fictionalized) young Barack and the man he was slowly becoming. Check it out on Netflix.